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Irish bumblebee population in decline

Irish bumblebee populations recorded in 2017 were at the lowest since monitoring began six years ago, with marked losses in critical native species, according to the latest monitoring figures. The declines are confirmed by the All-Ireland Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme co-ordinated by Dr Tomás Murray, senior ecologist at the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Co Waterford.

Neonicotinoids act like endocrine disrupting chemicals in newly-emerged bees and winter bees

Pesticides can act as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in animals providing characteristic multiphasic dose-response curves and non-lethal endpoints in toxicity studies. However, it is not known if neonicotinoids act as EDCs in bees. To address this issue, we performed oral acute and chronic toxicity studies including concentrations recorded in nectar and pollen, applying acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam to bumble bees, honey bees and leafcutter bees, the three most common bee species managed for pollination.

Michael McCarthy: We’ve lost half our wildlife. Now’s the time to shout about it

Most Britons remain blithely unaware that since the Beatles broke up, we have wiped out half our wildlife. Yet we are not alone. Last week, the French woke up in a dramatic way to the fact that their own farmland birds, their skylarks and partridges and meadow pipits, were rapidly disappearing: Le Monde, the most sober of national journals, splashed the fact across the top of its front page.

Hemmung der Abbau-Enzyme verstärkt die toxische Wirkung von Neonicotinoiden

Die als Insektenbekämpfungsmittel eingesetzten Neonicotinoide sind für Bienen schädlich – so viel scheint klar. Doch einige Mittel aus dieser Substanzklasse wirken viel toxischer als andere. Warum das so ist, haben nun Forscher aufgeklärt. Demnach sind die Insektizide besonders schädlich, die zusätzlich zu ihrer Giftwirkung auch bestimmte Abwehrenzyme der Bienen hemmen. Dadurch können die Insekten das Gift nicht mehr abbauen, bevor es Schaden anrichtet.

Environmental impacts of neonicotinoids outweigh crop yield benefits

Neonicotinoid use has increased rapidly in recent years, with a global shift toward insecticide applications as seed coatings rather than aerial spraying. While the use of seed coatings can lessen the amount of overspray and drift, the near universal and prophylactic use of neonicotinoid seed coatings on major agricultural crops has led to widespread detections in the environment (pollen, soil, water, honey).

Decline of bumble bees in northeastern North America

In this study, 150 years of Bombus records in the state of New Hampshire from the University of New Hampshire Insect Collection were examined. This allowed for changes in abundance and distribution to be tracked over time, with focus on species designated of greatest conservation need by NH Fish & Game Department. Floral records also provided insight into the diet breadth of these species, which may affect their vulnerability.

EFSA bestätigt das Risiko von Pestiziden für Insekten

Nach dem Glyphosat-Streit müssen sich Union und SPD wieder über Regeln für den Einsatz von Chemie auf dem Feld einigen. Am Mittwoch hat die Europäische Behörde für Lebensmittelsicherheit, Efsa, die Gefahr von drei Insektenvernichtungsmitteln für Bienen bestätigt. Voraussichtlich werden die Mitgliedstaaten der EU nun am 22. März über ein Verbot der Stoffe im Freiland abstimmen.

UK’s favourite wildlife species at risk of extinction

Some of Britain’s favourite wildlife is at risk of becoming extinct unless there is a new, 21st-century agricultural revolution, experts are warning. Species from hedgehogs to skylarks and birds of prey are being wiped out – in part by companies with vested interests in “destructive” factory farming, it was claimed on World Wildlife Day, which takes place today. The “alarming” declines in wildlife will threaten not just the richness of the planet but also our ability to grow food, according to the RSPB.

EFSA confirma que los neonicotinoides son peligrosos para las abejas y polinizadores silvestres

Rachel Carson escribió el 27 de septiembre de 1962 Primavera Silenciosa, (Silent Spring) que advertía de los efectos perjudiciales de los pesticidas en el medio ambiente -especialmente en las aves- sin saber que los polinizadores vitales para la biodiversidad y la alimentación serían uno de los más perjudicados en su libro ya culpaba a la industria química de la creciente contaminación.​ En septiembre del 2010 el Dr Toxicólogo Henk Tennekes publicó un articulo científico en una revista de toxicología, Siguió un libro….. “Un Desastre en Potencia”.

Immune suppression by neonicotinoids could be at the root of insect decline

Scientists have identified infectious diseases as a key driver of bee population decline and have shown for the first time the extent to which the diseases are shared with other pollinator groups, in research published this week. Researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London, Oxford University and Cornell University have shown that viruses that are harmful to honeybees are also present in hoverfly pollinators. The study suggests that hoverflies are exposed to the same diseases, and may move the infections around when they feed from the same flowers as the honeybees.